Well… I don’t actually do resolutions reeeeeally… per se… but I like a challenge ;>) Especially one for a good cause. And as I mentioned it previously, I am sticking to my word and this year I will be doing the Manchester to Liverpool bike ride on the 29th of May!
I was talking about it to Darrell at Wheelers’ Brunch and he was telling me about his experiences (he has done, still does and will do, present-past-future, long distance rides, read more here) and he’s going to do the Manchester-Blackpool ride!
I am determined to do it in normal clothes, albeit of course comfy, so I will be riding in something that will simply come out of my normal wardrobe (although perhaps I may be persuaded to padded pants… what do you think? Necessary?).
And I would like to do the ride with Pashley. When a friend heard this, as a joke, he asked whether I was doing it in fancy dress! How very rude… 😉
However I have never done the ride before (well, I’ve never done a charity ride at all) and I was wondering if anyone has and could tell me what the route is like… i.e. terrain etc.
On the Bike Events website they only thing they say is that it isn’t suitable for road bikes. Well, that’s ok, I don’t have one.
I’d be happy to do it with Barolo, and in the end I may opt that way (coz it’s lighter and easier to maneuver)… but still, it would be nice and imagine how quirky it’d bee to see a lady on her Pashley, with a wicker basket and ‘pretty’ clothes amongst, no doubt, lots of lycra people :>)
Charity wise, I have contacted the Renal Unit of the MRI, but as Darrell was telling me, very likely the fundraising is redirected to the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (could this be any longer?!)… But I’ve sent an email, so we shall see… Otherwise, hopefully, I can raise money for Kidney Research UK.
[Not that there’s anything wrong with CMFN, it’s just that the MRI Renal Unit/Kidney Research UK are close to my heart]
So, tips, advice… is anyone else doing it? Does anyone fancy joining me, in normal clothes too? Just imagine how good it would be, wouldn’t it?! *hint, hint*